Thriving Children Podcast

Shining the light on child development

The Thriving Children Podcast is a show for parents and educators, that shines the light on child development. Weaving its way through each episode is a central theme of movement, play and connection, crucial ingredients in the early years of life. Host Clare Crew is an early childhood and inclusive education teacher who specialises in the brain-body connection. She helps the children the system leaves behind, those with learning, attention and behavioural challenges. You can learn more about her or the podcast at

As the Thriving Children Podcast draws to a close, Clare shares other education and child development podcasts that you may want to move onto.

Are there any mentioned here that you already enjoy?

Are there any additional podcasts you want to recommend to fill the void?

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In this episode the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare revisits the topic of homework, with educator, author and advocate Alfie Kohn.

Listen in to hear:

  • What the research says about the impact of homework on academic learning, time management skills and school/home continuity
  • 3 reasons that we cling to homework in spite of what the research says
  • What the alternative to homework looks like

Links for this episode:

alfie kohn homework clare crew

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare answers more listener questions. Anxiety, meltdowns, the first 1000 days and behavioural changes that the arrival of new siblings brings, feast on these responses, then add your own thoughts or resources in the comments below.

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In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare speaks with Angela Hanscom, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and author of 'Balanced and Barefoot. How unrestricted outdoor play makes for strong, confident, and capable children'.

Nature is at the centre of everything Angela does, and so too with this conversation. From the developmental benefits of being outdoors, to how to encourage reluctant children to be in the elements, this is a delightful conversation about children and their wellbeing.

Links for this episode:

angela hanscom timbernook nature play